A parliamentary Bill aiming to give people the power to stop local pubs being torn down or having a change of use without consultation has been tabled today.
MP Greg Mulholland has introduced the "presentation" Bill, which says councils should need planning permission before a premises of land used as a "local service" is demolished or converted for change of use.
Presentation Bills are a type of private members bill, which stand little chance of becoming law, but are used to highlight particular issues.
Mulholland said: "I hate to see communities losing important facilities like shops and pubs without any chance for the people who rely on these services to have their say.
"Take your local pub, it's a vital hub of society. Yet unscrupulous companies can simply demolish the pub without thinking how it impacts on the area. This is deeply worrying.
"By introducing this Bill I'm giving all MPs a chance to join me in standing up for their constituents and the pubs, banks, chemists, post offices, shops and restaurants that bring us all together."